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Wednesday 11th August 2004
France's CEA Leti (Laboratory of electronics and information technologies) has signed a joint development research programme (JDP) for new front end of line (FEOL) CMOS gate stack process technology with Tokyo Electron (TEL).
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Cypress Semiconductor has closed its $100mn acquisition of FillFactory, a Belgium-based spin-off from the European IMEC research centre (Bulletin 538, June 23, 2004).
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Infineon Technologies is to transfer its 0.09micron DRAM trench technology and 300mm production expertise to Winbond Electronics in Taiwan, expanding on existing DRAM co-operation between the companies.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Cree plans to expand its manufacturing and R&D operations in North Carolina with initial expansion activity beginning in the autumn of 2004.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
ZiLOG has entered into an agreement to sell all the wafer manufacturing equipment and related assets used at its Mod II facility in Idaho to STMicroelectronics for $6,000,000.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
The Information Network is sticking with a 2004 semiconductor sales forecast of $211.7bn - a 27% increase - but warns of a "growing disconnect between the semiconductor and the semiconductor equipment market".
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Wednesday 11th August 2004
BOC's semiconductor industry division, BOC Edwards (BOCE), increased its Q3 2004 turnover (GBP215.0mn) by 33% over Q3 2003.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Intel says that it has reach two significant milestones in the development of extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography (13.5nm).
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Seiko Epson and NGK Insulators have jointly developed what is claimed as the smallest gyro-sensor of its kind in the world based on quartz crystal technology.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Sharp has developed two solar powered lighting systems - an illuminating solar panel and a solar street light.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
ASML Holding's supervisory board intends to appoint Eric Meurice as president and CEO of the company, effective October 1, 2004, subject to notification of a shareholder general meeting to be scheduled on August 26, 2004.
Wednesday 11th August 2004
Rudolph Technologies and August Technology have fully settled commercial litigation between the companies filed on September 23, 2003.
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Tuesday 10th August 2004
France's CEA Leti (Laboratory of electronics and information technologies) has signed a joint development research programme (JDP) for new front end of line (FEOL) CMOS gate stack process technology with Tokyo Electron (TEL).
Tuesday 10th August 2004
Silicon Genesis (SiGen) has successfully developed wafer-level uniaxial strained substrates. Until now, only local transistor-level uniaxial strain has been available. The company has called the wafer-level technique "Next-Generation Strain" (NGS).
Monday 9th August 2004
Infineon Technologies is to transfer its 0.09micron DRAM trench technology and 300mm production expertise to Winbond Electronics in Taiwan, expanding on existing DRAM co-operation between the companies.
Thursday 5th August 2004
Cypress Semiconductor has closed its $100mn acquisition of FillFactory, a Belgium-based spin-off from the European IMEC research centre (Bulletin 538, June 23, 2004). Cypress expects FillFactory's active-pixel CMOS image sensor technology to effectively double its sales into the cell phone market - where Cypress already sells low-power memories - and to augment its penetration of additional market segments, including digital still cameras (DSCs) and automotive.
Thursday 5th August 2004
ASM International (ASMI) has completed acquisition of Genitech, a semiconductor equipment supplier based in South Korea, for $5.2mn in cash and $4mn in ASMI common shares (Bulletin 529, April 28, 2004). ASM will also pay up to $9.2mn in cash over the next five years, depending upon the achievement of performance targets.
Wednesday 4th August 2004
Intel says that it has reach two significant milestones in the development of extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography (13.5nm). The company has installed the world's first commercial EUV lithography tool and set up an EUV mask pilot line to move from research into the development phase. Intel is targeting EUV technology for high-volume manufacturing in 2009.
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Wednesday 4th August 2004
Sharp has developed two solar powered lighting systems - an illuminating solar panel and a solar street light. The panel integrates long-life, energy-efficient, high-intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) with thin-film, 'see-through' solar cells into a single solar module. The street light combines solar cells with high-intensity LEDs and eliminates the need for underground or overhead wiring work.
Tuesday 3rd August 2004
Seiko Epson and NGK Insulators have jointly developed what is claimed as the smallest gyro-sensor of its kind in the world based on quartz crystal technology. The move is the first step for Epson in looking for uses beyond the conventional quartz crystal oscillator timing-device market. The XV-3500CB angular velocity sensor is scheduled to enter volume production in December 2004. Epson describes the device as its “first salvo in a battle to expand the scope of its quartz crystal device business”.
Tuesday 3rd August 2004
ASML Holding's supervisory board intends to appoint Eric Meurice as president and CEO of the company, effective October 1, 2004, subject to notification of a shareholder general meeting to be scheduled on August 26, 2004. As CEO, Eric Meurice succeeds Doug Dunn, who will remain with ASML up to year-end to ensure a smooth transition.
Monday 2nd August 2004
Fab construction company M+W Zander has received a EUR20.75mn follow-up order for expanding Siltronic's Freiberg Fab 300-2 crystal growing and wafer production facility.
Monday 2nd August 2004
Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group has signed an agreement with Clariant to buy AZ Electronic Materials, for EUR338mn (CHF518mn).
Monday 2nd August 2004
Samsung Electronics broke ground on the second stage of the expansion of its Austin memory chip fabrication plant in Texas.

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